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Editors’ Note: Fall

Starting later this year, the Statistics Teacher team will welcome Tim Jacobbe as the new ST lesson plan editor and Jessica Cohen as the new ST article editor. The new co-editors will work with Christine Franklin, the ASA’s K-12 Statistics Education Ambassador, who will continue as managing editor.

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Lesson Plan: Which Hand Rules?

Published in August of 2017, this lesson has students engage in dropping and catching a yardstick to investigate whether there is significant evidence that people are faster with their dominant hand than their nondominant hand.

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LOCUS Provides a Rich Repository of Assessments of Statistical Understanding

In this column, we want to highlight an incredible resource developed as part of a project led by Tim Jacobbe, associate professor and mathematics education coordinator, for the University of Florida College of Education. LOCUS, Levels of Conceptual Understanding in Statistics, is an NSF-funded project that provides a rich repository of assessments of statistical understanding.

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Announcements: Fall

A roundup of statistics and education-related information and opportunities.

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What Is Power?

Power is an important concept to understand as a consumer of research, no matter what field or profession a student may enter as an adult. Hence, discussion of power should be included in an introductory course.

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Lesson Plan: How Fast Are You?

In this lesson, published in August 2017, each student collects 20 reaction-time data values using an online tool for testing reaction times to a visual stimulus. Students display and analyze data via a free online tool, Tuva.

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7 Prime Technology Ideas to Begin the New School Year

As you plan how you will get your students working together and how you will assess their learning, we want to share some of our favorite technology ideas in this month's Technology column.

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Lesson Plan: Are Female Hurricanes Deadlier Than Male Hurricanes?

Originally published in June 2014, this lesson uses a data set partially discussed in the article Female Hurricanes are Deadlier than Male Hurricanes written by Kiju Junga, Sharon Shavitta, Madhu Viswanathana, and Joseph M. Hilbed.

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Lesson Plan: The Egg Roulette Game

This lesson, published in August of 2017, uses a probability game and computer simulations to explore the law of large numbers, conditional events, sampling distributions, and the central limit theorem.

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How to Lie (to Congress) with Statistics

This is not the only VA scandal to appear in the news in recent years, but it gives us a rich example to use when teaching statistics. There are three main aspects of this example that can be used in class. First, there is a distorted graph. Second, there is the response to the graph by Rep. Huelskamp and the resulting media coverage. Third, there is Darrell Huff’s book, How to Lie with Statistics.

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